A distressed young woman falls under the spell of a homicidal maniac and becomes his partner in murder in this disturbing psychological thriller.
Pondering suicide sitting on a Malibu dock one night after running away from home, doe-eyed young Mina Deerling meets smooth-talking Gage Catton, who is trying to load his wife’s body, which is wrapped in a blanket, onto his boat. When Catton finds out to his shock that his wife is still alive in the blanket, he talks the distraught Mina into helping him finish her off with his knife. Together they put out to sea and, miles from shore, toss his wife’s body overboard with an anchor bound to it.
Mina learns that Catton faked his death a year ago and was trying to collect his half of the life insurance payout from his wife when he discovered she had double-crossed him and absconded with all of the money for herself.
Now Catton wants that money, and he’ll do anything to get it, including using Mina to help him achieve his goal in a psychopathic relationship that forces Mina to confront the horrors that lurk in the darkest corners of her mind in a nerve-racking voyage of self-discovery.
I liked Riley Sager’s thriller Final Girls. It won an International Thriller Writers award, and rightly so. If you like psychological thrillers, you should like this one. Fans of A. J. Finn’s Woman in the Window should like it, too. Both novels are good at creating Hitchcockian suspense and showcase interesting main characters.
I have just finished reading the latest Joona Linna thriller The Rabbit Hunter. For the month of July I’m selecting Lars Kepler as the writer of the month. Lars Kepler is actually the pseudonym for the Swedish writing team of the married couple Alexander and Alexandra Ahndoril.
I don’t know if many Americans are familiar with the Joona Linna thrillers written by Lars Kepler. I haven’t seen any of the books on the New York Times best-seller list. I don’t think all of the books in the Joona Linna series have been published in the US, though Sara Crichton did publish several. The Sandman put out by Knopf has been published in the US. The whole series has been translated into English, however, and is published in Great Britain. I don’t know why it has taken so long for Lars Kepler to catch on in the US.
I haven’t read all of the thrillers. I’ve read only The Sandman and The Rabbit Hunter. I preferred The Sandman, but both of these books are excellent fast-paced blood-soaked thrillers, and I’m eager to read the rest of the books in the series.
If you haven’t read Lars Kepler yet and lust for blood and action-packed suspense in your choice of thrillers, this is the month to try him/her, and you’ll be in for a treat.